posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 08:55 AM
Protesters Call for Pakistani Premier
to Step Down
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — As rain poured down, young men draped in political party flags danced in the streets of Islamabad on Saturday, waiting for the
next stage of the “revolution” promised by Imran Khan, the opposition leader and former cricket star.
Hours later, Mr. Khan addressed his drenched supporters, thousands of whom had followed him on a protest march from Lahore, reiterating his core
demand — the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — and calling for new elections.
Pakistan politics in a street-led meltdown? Or is it the usual CIA/MI6-funded civic society uprising?
Remember that Pakistan is a nuclear nation and that it is also strategic to military interests, sharing borders with Iran (oil and gas-rich);
Afghanistan (gas-rich); China (fastest growing economy in the world) and India (our "friend" in this part of Asia).
From what I can glean from Sky channel 802 (UK), which is almost entirely in Urdu, there were two marches that set off from a city in Pakistan called
Lahore and ended in the capital Islamabad. The reports in English have indicated that the heads of both marches share an agenda - to bring down the
Both leaders - Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan (former cricketer) want to implement changes in Pakistan that will bring about social change, increase
egalitarianism and end corrupt practices. Both leaders claim 1,000,000 supporters but, from what I can see, based on looking around full soccer
stadia, there are about 70-100,000 in each March with large numbers restricted from reaching the meeting points by huge shipping containers placed by
the Government on strategic roads into Islamabad.
Nevertheless, the movements both insist on the dissolution of Parliament in 24 hours (due to vote-fixing proved by Imran Khan) whilst Dr Qadri wants a
re-enactment of the French Revolution...
Thousands of protesters have gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad after arriving in big convoys from Lahore. Rally leaders Imran Khan and Tahirul
Qadri demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down, alleging rigging in the 2013 elections. Mr Qadri, an anti-government cleric, told his
supporters in a midday speech to continue protesting until they bring a "peaceful revolution". Last year's election saw the first civilian government
transfer of power. There was tight security in Islamabad as the protesters arrived in poor weather by truck, jeeps and cars after travelling the
350km (218 miles) from Lahore to Islamabad. Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri, who have separate groups of supporters,
have vowed to together bring one million followers on to the streets of the city.
Both leaders have received death threats but this may be a general theme in politics in this part of the world, I am not sure if these were genuine.
Yet the Western Press are downplaying the numbers involved and the sheer scale and drama of this "Long March!"
I have to wonder if we are happy with a sham democracy as long as "our guy" is in charge?
Long live the revolution...
edit on 17/8/2014 by Heronumber0 because: Correction and addition of a link